Purpose of the App Review:
1) Is the content similar or the same as the regular textbook?
2) What additional features does the app have over the book?
The Color Atlas of Family Medicine by McGraw Hill has long been a trusted source of information. Now, their most recent book is conveniently available for your tablet or smartphone.
The app includes the full content of the regularly published textbook. It comes complete with references, evidence based medicine ratings of treatments and high quality images – without the undue stress on your spine that the hardback version may cause.
The app opens to the table of contents. The book is broken down by Part and then further by chapter, just like the hardback version.
In each chapter, there are sections of clinically high yield topics.
Each disease state covered includes pictures, a clinical vignette, diagnosis, management, epidemiology, etc. The user can use the jump feature to go to the section they are looking for.
In the management section, the book includes a helpful EBM rating for each treatment option.
The app is also completely searchable and will even search references. The search results are broken down by topic to help the user find exactly what they are looking for.
The app also allows the user to bookmark and annotate the text.
- Full content of the regular Color Atlas of Family Medicine book
- The entire app is searchable
- The book is downloaded on the app, it does not require internet access
- In the management sections, the book uses EBM Ratings for each suggested management
- Cost ($125)
- There are no self-assessment sections or board review sections
Healthcare providers that would benefit from the app:
- Family Physicians
- Medical Students
- The Color Atlas of Family Medicine is an app version of the textbook
- The app shares the same content as the most current version of the textbook
- There are not many additional features included in the app, besides the app’s searchable content feature
- Quizzes, self-assessment and other board review features are not available on the app
- The app has all of the content downloaded so the user does not need internet access on their device to use the app
- Costs $125, which can be pricey
- This app is available on the Android Platform as well as the Amazon appstore for Android
- Yes, if your medical school, residency program, or employer is paying for it
Overall: 3.5/5 Stars
User Interface: 5/5 Stars. Simple app. Easy to use. Since the content is searchable, it facilitates finding topics you want to cover.
Multimedia Coverage: 4/5 Stars. The etextbooks include a lot of figures but they do not utilize animations or interactive features. Still, the app is a very effective learning tool.
Price: 1/5 Stars. The app currently costs $124.99 – much more than a used version of this book and the same price as the hardback copy. It really only makes sense to get the app if you have leftover GME money or if your med school or employer pays for it.
Real World Applicability: 4/5 Stars. This is a reference app, though it would be used often it may not be used on a daily basis
Compatibility: iPhone, iPad (compatible), iPod Touch (3rd generation and later), Android devices, Kindle Fire
Requires: iOS 5.0 or later; Android 2.2 or later
Tested on: iPhone 4S
Version: 2.0 on iOS, 1.0 on Android